Christine Lyons (MM ’16, Voice) has performed as the Governess in The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten with IlluminArts Miami in October and in a concert of art songs set to Emily Dickinson’s poetry with Lyric Fest at the Academy of Vocal Arts in December. Lyons will perform as Nella in Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with OnSite Opera in New York City in March and in May will make a house debut with Florida Grand Opera in the title role of George Frideric Handel’s Agrippina.
Diana Cantrelle (MM ’12, Voice, Pedagogy) was commissioned by composer Gavin Brown to perform five of his original compositions for Remembering December. The CD release party was held on December 12 at the Howard County Center for the Arts Blackbox Theatre.
The London Symphony Orchestra released a recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide staged and recorded by Director of Graduate Conducting Marin Alsop and Vocal studies instructor and opera stage director Garnett Bruce in 2018 at the Barbican.
POPPAEA, a new opera by composition professor Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition), had its world premiere at Festival ZeitRäume Basel on September 10, 2021. The one-act opera is set to a libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann and features associate professor of voice Ah Young Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice) and offers an original 21st-century take on the story of a Roman Empress, the ways she is abused and silenced, and her own cruelty and desires.
Michael Maliakel (BM ’12, Voice) performs as the role of Aladdin in the Broadway show Aladdin. The musical resumed performances at the New Amsterdam Theatre on September 28. Maliakel is making his Broadway debut after appearing on the 25th anniversary national tour of The Phantom of the Opera.